Doyle powered Platoon, new winner in 52 SUPER SERIES

Published on July 9th, 2023 by 52 Super Series

Harm Müller-Spreer’s German flagged Platoon team lifted the Royal Cup as winners of the third regatta of the 52 SUPER SERIES, the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup on July 5-9 in Menorca, Spain. Platoon also won the event in 2019 and 2021.

9/7/23 – Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup

They were pushed to the final gun of the last race by Ergin Imré’s Provezza. The Turkish flagged team, winners in both Saint Tropez and Scarlino lost their 2023 unbeaten record by only one single point after a nail biting finale when Platoon, led by Italian tactician Vasco Vascotto, deciphered the best route up what proved to be the last leg, sailing round the outside of Provezza in a fast fading breeze to steal the top prize.

But while Platoon finished strongest in the nine boat fleet, to record Vascotto’s first regatta title since joining the crew last September in Scarlino, Provezza head to next month’s Rolex TP52 World Championship in Barcelona carrying an overall circuit lead of 19 points ahead of Platoon. 

Defending champions Quantum Racing powered by American Magic finished seventh and drop to third on the general classification for the season so far, but the US flagged team won the last race of the regatta.

Vascotto dedicated the regatta win to his late father who passed away two months ago and who was his biggest fan.

“He watched all the 52 SUPER SERIES races all the time and I am sure he had a great internet connection from up there on high and was encouraging us all,” noted Vascotto. “He helped a lot and he pushed the boat.  I am happy also for the crew, we have raced well together this week. We sailed with a lot of personality today. We made a few bad decisions this week but we trusted ourselves today and we trusted the wind would come back and it did. It was a good regatta for us all but very emotional for me.”

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52 SUPER SERIES 2023 Schedule
May 2-7 – 52 SUPER SERIES Saint Tropez Sailing Week – Saint Tropez, France
May 29-June 3 – 52 SUPER SERIES Scarlino Sailing Week – Scarlino, Italy
July 4-9 – Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup & tbc TP52 Invitational – Menorca, Spain
August 21-26 – Rolex TP52 World Championship Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
September 18-23 – Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week – Puerto Portals, Spain

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